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Tsunami caused by the eruption of a volcano on the Tonga Islands arrives in Japan – News

Tsunami risk of causing waves up to 3 meters hit the coast JapanThe Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday (15), Sunday, local time, hours after a strong volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands.

According to the bulletin, the tsunami, which has a height of 1.2 meters, hit Amami Island, in the south of the country, at 11:55 pm on Saturday (11:55 am GMT), while a smaller tsunami can be observed in other parts of the country. coast of Japan.

The eastern beaches of Hokkaido, as well as the regions of Kochi and Wakayama, were also hit by a 0.9-meter tsunami shortly after midnight, according to the agency.

The NHK television network began special programs and broadcast images directly from the ports in the affected areas, asking residents of those areas to seek shelter in the higher areas.

However, the photos did not show situations out of the ordinary.

An official in the Meteorological Authority said, in a televised press conference at midnight, that the institution detected a wave in the sea exceeding one meter in height after 11 pm local time.

It was decided not to classify the tsunami movement, but all public tsunami warning systems were activated to call for a frontal evacuation.

“We don’t know at this point if it was a tsunami, but we saw a strong change in the sea, so we are asking the residents to respond,” the official said during the press conference.